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Glimpses of Kuala Lumpur's China Town (Petaling Street)...

Sunday, January 01, 2012 | Labels: |

Happy New Year again everyone! Today's post is quite different in that I usually stick to recipes for probably 99% of the time on this blog but I thought it would be nice to share with you some shots I took while wandering around Petaling Street (Malaysia's Chinatown) after having not been in the area for years.  Especially for those of you who have yet to visit Malaysia, perhaps this will give you some glimpses of an older and let's just say less developed part of town in Kuala Lumpur.  Photographically speaking, there are gems all over the place - shooting street or people scenes is something that is still very new to me and is vastly different from food photography but is definitely no less interesting.  I do hope you'll enjoy this mini photo tour through some parts in and around Petaling Street and for my fellow Malaysians living overseas, perhaps this will bring back some good memories.

The facade of a 'typical' Chinese style grocery or sundry store, see the abundance of dried foods available from dried shiitake mushrooms to anchovies...
Abundance of Chinese dried foods

I love the red gates leading into Kuala Lumpur's oldest Taoist temple located near Petaling Street and Central Market.  See the vibrant red colour and I love the combination of old and new in this photo..

Red Gate at Taoist temple

These shelves are filled to the brim with carefully prepackaged incense sticks and paper offerings for devotees to offer up to the Heavens...

Prepared offerings at Buddhist temple

Entrance to the temple, as the temple has an air well of sorts, the temple was very well-lit with natural light, it was an auspicious day for prayers when I visited hence there were quite a lot of devotees at the temple.
Kuala Lumpur's Oldest Taoist Temple

The painted red wood panelling behind the brass urns must be hundreds of years old, I just wish I had more time to take more shots.
Incense offerings in brass urns

Crowded shop selling Chinese New Year decorations, the year of the Water Dragon will be here soon!

Chinese New Year Decorations for sale

A ramdom street scene I caught in a back street, probably not the prettiest of photos but I was fascinated
Petaling Street Activities (Kuala Lumpur)

The same back street, I was so fascinated by the elderly gentleman giving his customer a shave which is something we usually only get to see in movies?

Back street daily activities in Petaling Street, Malaysia

I hope you found the shots interesting and I'll be back with a recipe next!


Carolyn Jung said...

Wow, the towering shelves of incense are just incredible to see. Love the colorful market shots.

J said...

Beautiful pics, Jasmine! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Smoky Wok (J) said...

thanks J!! Happy New Year!!

Smoky Wok (J) said...

Thanks Carolyn, yes that shelf totally caught my eye too :)

Jeannie said...

Your photos reminded me I haven't been there for years too! I used to pass by Petaling Street every day during my earlier working days! Nice shots!

Katie @ saltpigcanteen said...

My partner and I will be travelling around South-east Asia from March and hope to stay in KL for a few months, your pictures are very inspiring and we cannot wait to visit!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Katie, thanks for dropping by and your kind words! That's great! I hope you enjoy your stay in KL! I'll do another shoot soon in the vicinity this time perhaps focusing more on the street food in the area :)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks Jeannie! I'm glad this gave you some good memories :D

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